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Nov 13, 2009 3:05am EST
"world news now." >>> welcome back. as we mentioned earlier, president obama is now in japan. while he's there he won't be venturing outside tokyo. >> and that's not what many japanese wanted to hear. especially in the city that has the name the president has. margaret connelly reports from obama city, japan. >> reporter: far from the bustling city of tokyo, a five-hour journey by train is a coastal town along the sea of japan. now famous for its name. from street banners and taxis to obscure souvenirs, this town reaches out to the president from the other side of the world. at obama city hall, the mayor shows us correspondence with the white house. photographs and notes of thanks from the president and michelle for the city's gifts and letters. mayor says it's not a one-way thing. featured on this chocolate cake box along with slogans for world peace. the president and i have the same face, he says, the only difference is the hairstyle. people say we have the same ears. in this port town of 30,000 people fishing has long been the main industry. increasingly the people in this town
ABC
Nov 30, 2009 6:00pm EST
. >>> president obama has made up his mind about the future of afghanistan. >> putting u.s. afghanistan policy interaction, tomorrow, he will lay out those plans for the american public. >> at west point tomorrow night, the president is expected to announce a troop increase and plans for an eventual withdrawal. putting more lives on the line and finding a way to pay for it, the stakes are high. jonny eve of a monument to a speech, president obama faces what could be one of the most critical decisions of his life -- just on the eve of a monumental speech. >> if he succeeds, he will get the credit for winning >> he is expected to outline an eventual withdrawal -- he will get credit for winning. >> he is expecting to outline an eventual withdrawal. >> without partners that are willing to do stuff in both afghanistan and pakistan, no number of american troops can solve all of those problems. >> late last night, the president gave his order to pentagon brass to start moving troops toward the battlefield. today, he spoke with leaders of france and other countries. >> the whole world is watchi
ABC
Nov 4, 2009 3:05am EST
obama has a message for iran on this, the anniversary of that well-known hostage crisis. >> in a statement the president says iran needs to choose between focusing on the past or moving toward a brighter future. >> laura setrakian is in the mideast with a look at u.s./iran relations. good morning, lara. >> reporter: good morng, jeremy and vinita. when iranian students stormed the u.s. embassy, taking 63 americans hostage, they drove a wedge into u.s./iranian relations that's lasted more than 30 years. for 444 days the crisis continued. the hostage-takers called their captives guests of the ayatollah. they celebrated the embassy takeover as a victory against imperialism and the american super power. every year on the 4th of november iran's government commemorates the event with rallies against the u.s., the great satan in the eyes of the islamic revolution. this year the scene is more complicated. iran's government is railing against america while it publicly negotiates with the u.s. over its nuclear program. many of the hostage-takers, then declared heroes by ayatollah khomenei,
ABC
Nov 16, 2009 4:30am EST
, november 16th, 2009. >>> good morning and thanks for being wi us on this monday. >>> president obama has started his first ever visit to china. we have a bit of american political theater. >> he took questions in the town hall meeting and ann compton has the latest. good morning, ann. >> reporter: good morning. you know, the president who was elected in part because of his reach out to the internet came here to china where they tend to block some sites but they still let him hold an internet town hall meeting. president obama wanted to make a point beginning this three-day visit not with the political leaders in beijing, but with china's next generation. >> good afternoon. >> reporter: 400 university students in shanghai offered questions in person and on the internet. in a country where the government blocks social networks like twitter, the u.s. ambassador made sure president obama goa chance to say the free flow of information makes a country stronger. >> because then citizens of countries around the world can hold their own governments accountable. they can begin to think for the
ABC
Nov 2, 2009 6:00pm EST
state. president obama made his fifth election stop in new jersey yesterday to try to secure the democratic win. from what both new jersey and virginia as gubernatorial races and the national implications of them, watch our battleground virginia special at 11:35 p.m. after abc7 news at 11:00. >> president obama called afghan president hamid karzai today to congratulate him on his victory, but also had advice for him. he told them he expects more effort to end government corruption in afghanistan. karzai won a second term after the runoff election was cancelled after his opponent dropped out. his opponent said the second election would be as fraudulent as the first one. >> karas holmes is live from rock field tonight where they're considering same-sex benefits for contract workers. >> the call it the same sex equal benefit and hendrika and when you does contract work for the county would be covered. -- under its, anyone who does contract work for the county would be covered. >> those are families and these are working people. that iexactly the kind of community montgomery county w
ABC
Nov 26, 2009 6:00am EST
. while they were in the same room as the president, mrs. obama and the indian prime minister it is not clear whether either of them met the guest of honor or the obamas. >> this was called to the attention of the secret service by press inquireys. everybody entering the white house for the dinner, including the salahis went through magnatometers. the couple are candidates for the television show "real housewives of washington." >> what a story. thank you very much. we turn to some other news on this thanksgiving morning. we're learning more about president obama's war strategy for afghanistan. ahead of his announcement next week, the president will address the nation tuesday from the military academy at west point in new york. he is expected to send 30,000 more troops afghanian to join the 68,000 already there. lawmakers plan to hold a hearing on the strategy the day after the speech. police are investigating a forced entry home invasion in gaithersburg that ended with a shooting in the parking lot. police say a man returned to his home on crestwood drive last night and found t men in
ABC
Nov 16, 2009 6:00am EST
of safety could mean four passengers. good morning. >> the call to lakin from the obama administration stems from what happened at the metro stations 7 months ago. the deadly metro collision. other safety issues at subway systems across the nation are some reasons why the government wants to step in. a lot in place since 1965 have president of federal government from regulating the subway systems. they planned to introduce a proposal to congress. congressman graemham is in favo, but some say it's another way for the gunman to grab more power. some lawmakers are concerned over how much the proposal will cost. a metro spokesperson says this is very preliminary, but the agency is in favor of more safety oversight. kathy park reporting. >> thank you. also, virginia railway express no longer expects delays of fredericksburg line today. it said last week signal work with the clippers their schedules behind, but the work went faster than they expected. the fredericksburg and manassas lines wi operate on normal schedules today. >> president obama is in china on his four nation t
ABC
Nov 1, 2009 6:00pm EST
m dan harris >>> i'm dan harris, and this is "world news." toght, the obama effect. the president back on the campaign trail, trying to help an embattled democrat up for election on tuesday. can he rally voters the way he did one year ago? >>> election chaos in afghanistan. after president karzai's chief rival quits. where does this leave the u.s. effort to stabilize that country? >>> sweet spot. our investigation into the marketing of fatty, sugary foods to children. now, they are targeted online, on their cell phones and even inside of popular video games. many parents have no idea. >>> and, born to run. as an american man wins the new york marathon for the first time in a generation, we look at why, when it comes to running, humans are the king of beasts. >>> good evening. one year ago tonight, barack obama was out on t campaign trail heading to victory under the banner of yes we can. today, they were calling it yes we can 2.0, as mr. obama went back on the campaign trail, not for himself, but for the governor of new jersey, jon corzine. this race is emerginging as a test of ob
ABC
Nov 10, 2009 11:00pm EST
♪ >>> the nation remembers 13 heroes killed at fort hood. how president obama remember them. a new reas for heartbreak as another of local marine loses his life overseas. first, a sniper's date with death. john allen muhammad guess the ultimate punishment. >> he was pronounced dead. >> our live coverage starts now. captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- >> this is abc 7 breaking news. >>> the man behind our sniper attacks is now dead. john allen muhammad was executed for the horrific stream of random attacks. we were there when he was given a lethal injection. jay korff has reaction from just moments ago. >> we are told that at8:58, john allen muhammad entered the death chamber. he said nothing. by 9:11 p.m., he was pronounced dead. >> the execution of john allen muhammad has been carried out. >> a seemingly calm john allen muhammad into the death chamber at the correctional center and was strapped onto a gurney. >> he was asked if he would wish to make a last pavement. he did not make any statement whatsoever. >> moments later, dozens of witnesses watche
ABC
Nov 29, 2009 3:35am EST
, a $1 trillion price tag. >> i think some version has got to get through. i think the obama administration understands it's politically untenable to have this thing die on the vine, because then they're incapable of getting any legislation through. you'll see whatever compromises are necessary to get some kind of health care package through. the larger question, what else are we thinking about? what's the context in which health care reform is occurring? and there's a tremendous of other economic issues, the most notable, what you began, unemployment, which we don't have the political will to address today. what you hope doesn't happen, all the political concern gets drained out on health care. the. >> one of the real economy issues was taxes. glen, upper instrumental in designing the bush tax cuts in 2003, set to expire now in 2011. a lot of people feel that if we were to see these tax cuts expire, that's going to pressure an already fragile recovery. what are your thoughts on higher taxes next year? >> well, there's two sense in which the higher taxes would hurt the recove
ABC
Nov 19, 2009 5:00am EST
measure. >>> president obama is back on his way to the white house. he thanks troops for their service. before that, he met with the south korean president. they're trying to get north korea to get rid of their nuclear weapons. >>> hamid karzai will be inaugurated for a second term today. hillary clinton is in afghanistan to show u.s. support. hamid karzai it is under pressure to clean up his act. mrs. clinton warned in the future aid depends on his performance. it is also a factor in whether president obama will boost troop levels there. >>> new details about the upcoming pentagon review. robert gates is expected to announce today that his chosen a former senior defense official to head the probe. that is the word this morning. gates once a short-term report filed by a longer, more extensive study. >>> a virginia hunter is facing charges after he fired at college students he mistook for deer. jessica goode shot in the chest and killed. another was shot in the hand. they were collecting frogs for a biology class. jason faces three charges including manslaughter. he is out on $2
ABC
Nov 10, 2009 5:00am EST
condition. >>> there will be a memorial at fort hood today. president obama and the first lady will be there and will meet with the families of these victims. the suspected shooter, major nidal hasan, is all wake and talking. he will be tried in a military court. investigators believe he acted alone. >>> president obama is said to be close to deciding on a war strategy in afghanistan. he will approve most of the 40,000 additional troops requested. mr. obama meets with his war council again tomorrow and leaves for asia on thursday. the white house says there will probably not be an announcement on this until he gets back. >>> senators are looking into the safety lapses at metro. nce spring, metro officials have barred independent monitors from walking the tracks. metro says it has been a misunderstanding and that monitors have always been allowed to approach the tracks if there are accompanied by safety escorts. >>> major changes for same-sex marriages. the changes will include a provision that will make it easier for churches to participate in gay weddings and receptions. it would elim
ABC
Nov 25, 2009 6:00pm EST
, pecans, and sweet potato pies as well as cheesecake. >> president obama will decide the future of many service members for afghanistan on tuesday night. he will lay out his plans for the role in afghanistan at a speech in west point. the president is expected to announce the addition of 30,000 more troopss and set goals for ending the war. he's also said to attend a conference in copenhagen on climate control. there was speculation he would not attend, but the white house says his decision to attend is a sign of his commitment to curbing climate change. after the conference on december 9th, he will head to oslo to accept the nobel peace prize. >> wizards owner paid -- abe pollin was known as a charitable man who helped to revitalize more than just downtown washington d.c. let's go live to the six street synagogue on how abe pollin is being remembered. >> abe pollin was a member of the washington hebrew congregation but he cared about all things jewish. he was a major force in saving this synagogue. crews were setting up for tonight's concert. >> about twweeks ago, you could barely talk
ABC
Nov 1, 2009 9:00am EST
-- wednesday night at dover air force base in delaware, president obama saw the real prize american fighting men and women and their families are paying for the war in afghanistan. in the pre-dawn darkness, the commander-in-chief what is the return of 18 americans who were killed in afghanistan were -- it is to the return of 18 americans were killed in afghanistan this week. >> obviously, it was a sobering reminder of the extraordinary sacrifices that our young men and women in uniform are engaging in every single day, not only our troops, but their families as well. >> as casualties mount, the president and his national security team continue to deliberate strategy going forward. >> every day that goes by without that decision being made, the more days there are wary youngmericans are unnecessarily in harm's way, in my view. >> a marine combat veteran of iraq has become the first american official to resign in protest against the war in afghanistan. >> i believe that the people we are fighting there are fighting us because we are occupying that, not for ideological reasons or becau
ABC
Nov 8, 2009 9:00am EST
? >> barack obama has a problem. >> that is an understatement. >> he has got an afghan government that is an unworthy partner in this adventure. he is part -- he has karzai, who is a clerk, corrupt, involved in that heroin business, and there is no indication that anything will happen to him. he has a week afghan government to work with. he now estimates the decision about what to do with what general mcchrystal has recommended. -- he now has to make a decision about what general mcchrystal has recommended. all signs are that it will be along the lines of mcchrystal lite, not t give him 40,000 troops -- but >> it reminds me of 1972 in south viet nam or the president ran for reelection, only nobody ran against him so "choose the one, the only one at." [laughter] >> can you have confidence in karzai? >> it is diminishing on the part of the british. prime minister gordon brown made clear that those troops -- >> a single military officer -- sound familiar? >> an afghan they were treating -- there were certain tests that have to be bad and probably cannot be met -- by the met -- corruption,
ABC
Nov 2, 2009 11:00pm EST
. >> are you kidding me? >> he is flat out throwing it. >>> folks, don't go anywhere. president obama: we are americans. we're a forward-looking people. last year, virginia, you helped lead a movement... of americans who believed that their voices could make a difference. that's what we need to do in this race. that's what creigh deeds is committed to. i need every one of you to get fired up once again so that we can go towards the future with creigh deeds leading the great commonwealth ovirginia! what it's like to have verizon fios. these are your widgets, they let you put whatever your watching down here, while you check out the local traffic,weather, even your news up there. (cable guy) i got a news flash -- you're out of mayo. how? how did you get in here? door was open. you'd have tons of ways to search for content: by actor,director, any word at all. (cable guy) what about chicken? chicken's fine. any word. no. i mean do you have any chicken? i want to eat some chicken. and one of the coolest things about fios is all the widgets you can use on your tv. use the twitter and facebook w
ABC
Nov 4, 2009 6:00pm EST
gop. >> received a call from president obama who was exceptionally gracious and kind. >> quietly, democrats had to be a bit heartbroken. >> good morning. this is not quite the good morning i had hoped it would be. >> even if they put on a happy face. >> from my perspective, we won last night. >> appearances by president obama, bill clinton, joe biden, and al gore in the governors' races would indicate otherwise. they wanted to win badly, and voters simply did not bite. >> i think this is a signal that a better reconsider the direction of their policies. >> all this talk about the death of the party and it is over, it is crazy nonsense. >> the town hall meetings, the rallies. it is a real concern about this dangerous level of debt. >> exit polling showed more than half of the voters said president obama was not a factor in their decision. republicans insist it was a referendum, and they say if they can capitalize on these opportunities, that congress and even the white house will be in play. scott thuman, abc 7 news. >>> democrats came away with a big victory last night in the for
ABC
Nov 12, 2009 12:00pm EST
their homes. president obama said the recession is still keeping its grip on to many families. and taylor swift is sinking anything but the blues. we will have a wrapup of the country music awards. and the latest on the relentless rain. and the latest on the relentless rain. announcer: whether it's earning a promotion... they're the culmination of lots of hard work. the graduate school has more ways to get you the knowledge you need to reach your next goal, your next great moment, with continuing education programs to fit your schedule and lifestyle. learn more. visit... >>> foreclosure filings are down. the foreclosure rate in our area dropped 10% in october. it also fell slightly to 1 385 households. americans are still struggling. >> as the nation's unemployment rate hovered just over 10%, the president called for white house job summit. >> we will gather ceo's and small-business owners, economists, as well as representatives from labor unions to talk about how we can work together to create jobs and get this economy moving again. >> president obama acknowledged recent growth ha
ABC
Nov 10, 2009 4:30am EST
insist on answ president obama told abc news, se will insist on answers. >> we're going to complete this nvestigation. wh thawe are going to take whatever steps are necessary, to make sure that something like this doesn't happen again. >> reporter: since the shootings last thursday, security measures ave been tightened. army officials have closed the largely, aspublic. >> right now, we have elevated security measures, largely, as a means of reassurance to the e the tion. threat, as we continue to examine the threat, we will keep appropriate security medses in place. >> reporter: the commanding general at ft. hood, said about 600 soldiers, first responders and civilians, were directly affected by last week's massacre. to play the memorial service is expected to play a significant role in moving toward healing. some >> it brings out the high orale. knocks something like this, it just knocks everybody down. and somebody important like the president coming it's like, okay. i feel very good. >> to el good now. i feel very good. >> ihink tomorrow is just to give a good good-bye and pay ou
ABC
Nov 25, 2009 3:05am EST
. >>> president and mrs. obama hosted their first state dinner at the white house last night. the early buzz seems to indicate it was a pretty smashing success. >> state dinners are steeped in tradition but the obamas came up with their own modern touches. john hendren joins us from washington with more. good morning, john. >> reporter: officially, it was a tribute to india. president obama's debut state dinner was also a tribute to hollywood, bollywood, and washington. it was a bit like an intimate dinner party for nearly 340 of president and first lady obama's closest friends. tonight under the stars we celebrate the spirit that will sustain our partnership, the bonds of friendship between our beam. >> reporter: it was also democratic with a small "d." they held it in a tent, squeezing in twice as many on the south lawn as would have fit in the state dining room. >> even with a big white house like the white house there are only so many people we can invi invite. >> reporter: politicos like senator john kerry and house speaker nancy pelosi. in a salute to the guest of honor, india's prime
ABC
Nov 17, 2009 3:05am EST
u.s. and in something of a surprise, president obama made a direct challenge on behalf of the dalai lama, whose struggles against repression by beijing. >> while we recognize tibet is part of the people's republic of china, the united states supports the early resumption of dialogue bween the chinese government and representatives of the dalai lama. >> reporter: in a candor that has not always mark ed relation, both presidents admitted they will sometimes disagree. ann compton, abc news with the president in beijing. >>> the army plans to launch its own investigation into whether red flags about major nidal hasan were ignored before the ft. hood shootings. the "wall street journal" reports the probe will look at the six years hasan spent at walter reed medil center. investigators say in the days before the shooting hasan practiced shooting more than 200 rounds at a firing range near ft. hood. >> he seemed like he was new at it. what some of the basic concepts down but hadn't been doing it for a very long time. >> this is the final hurrah for him. he knows he's going to die or he hop
ABC
Nov 17, 2009 6:00am EST
on westlake drve. >>> president obama is winding down his trip to asia. he has met with chinese president hu for wide ranging talks. yunji de nies has the latest from beijing. >> president obama played torras today, taking in some of the signatures sites. they spent hours of closed door talks with communist leaders, including five hours with president hu. >> a strong dialogue is important for the well-being of our nations but also of the world. >> much of the discussion has centered on the economy. china is america's biggest creditor. >> china's partnership has proved critical in our effort to pull ourselves out of the worst recession in a generation. >> it is not just finance. the continued to work together on climate change and the north korean nuclear issue. they have significant disagreements, most notably on civil rights. the president urged them to continue talks and that only minorities preserve financial freedom. >> we think they are universal rights and they should be available to all peoples, to all ethnic and religious minorities. >> mr. obama but is the first america
ABC
Nov 12, 2009 6:00am EST
been in the car with the victim. >>> president obama is going back to the drawing board on a strategy for afghanistan. he will not accept any of the four options by his security team. he is asking for specifics on how and when u.s. troops will turn over security. the ambassador is voicing concerns about sending in more troops. >>> the president leaves for asia tonight. the tour begins in tokyo and includes stops in tokyo -- in china and south korea. he will first stop in alaska to me with u.s. troops there. >>> investigators will released new information from last week's deadly attack later today. they're still trying to determine what clues and suspected shooter drops before his ramparts. courtney robinson has the latest. >> the suspected gunman, some of the things they are looking into is whether he tried to wire money to pakistan and had contact with a radical imam. there were concerns about his stint at walter reed. doctors and staff said he was often belligerent in conversations about his fate. they tried to turn that into something positive but ordering him to attend lectures on
ABC
Nov 12, 2009 6:30pm EST
>>> welc >>> welcome to "world news." tonight, job search. president obama calls for a high level suck mitt on how to get people back to work. but what new options are there? >>> stormy weather the mid-atlantic states are being pounded by rain and wind. it's a storm that just won't go away. >>> home therapy. a very costly treatment for children with autism is now being made available to parents to apply at home. >>> and, the country queen. taylor swift is not only country's biggest star, she's the biggest music star in the country. >>> good evening. the president has been focused on health care reform. he's been focused on afghanistan. but people in the country are focused on their jobs. and so president obama moved unemployment back to the top of his agenda today, calling for a summit meeting to find ways to jump start job creation. and it is needed. another half million workers filed for unemployment benefits last week. that may be the lowest number since the beginning of the year, but it is still not good. so, what jump start options are there? david muir is standing by. david?
ABC
Nov 16, 2009 6:00pm EST
>> sarah palin is back with her new book. president obama had a message about the freedom of speech during his visit today. plus, why these protesters were frustrated outside of goldman sachs today. captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- >> this is abc 7 news at 6:00, "on your side." >>> it is already a big success, sarah palin's new book and there is speculations about a political future. >> she sat down with oprah today and now many people are wondering if she is just pushing her book or pushing her way to washington. >> political insiders note that her book tour stops looking lot like a political map. she is skipping the big book sales cities like washington, d.c., new york, and san francisco. in the interview, oprah asks her about her presidential plans and why she quit as governor. >> does that mean you are reloading for 2012? >> i am concentrating on 2010 and making sure we have issues tackled as americans to make sure -- >> are you thinking about it? >> no. >> voters were divided over 80 sarah palin presidency. >> if the guarantees a win for preside
ABC
Nov 30, 2009 3:35am EST
>>> it is a busy week for the obama administration on economic matters. today the treasury department is expected to start pressuring mortgage companies to cut payments for troubled homeowners. on thursday the white house hosted a jobs summit to confront unemployment. friday the government releases november figures on unemployment. >>> one in four homeowners owes more on their mortgage than what their property is worth. lenders are supposed to help those in trouble but abc's rachel martin reports today, the govern act >> reporter: the obama administration says banks aren't doing enough to help millions of americans at risk of losing their homes. so they'll announce a new strategy that will involve a campaign to name and shame. for nearly a year, the administration has been offering cash to banks if they'll lower mortgage payments for homeowners in crisis. the head of the program tells the "new york times" the banks are not doing a good enough job. some of the firms ought to be embarrasse andbe. members of the administration aren't the only ones frustrated. days ago a judge
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Nov 16, 2009 5:00am EST
by the. in response to a washington post reported that said the obama administration plans to propose that the u.s. transportation department take over safety regulation on the nation's subways and the light rail systems. administration officials are responding to a brolin -- growing number of collisions, including the deadly crash on the metro red line last june. virginia will express no lger expects delays on the fredericksburg line today. it said last week that signal will likely push the schedule behind, but the work went faster than expected. the natchez and fredericksburg lines will operate on normal schedule today. >> if president obama is in sign on the third leg of its four nation -- his four nation tour of asia. destocking tsvangirai this morning where he held a town hall meeting with chinese university students, pledging to work with china does all global, economic, and security problems. the president says he is still deciding on a war strategy in afghanistan. secretary of state to hillary clinton says the u.s. need more accountability from the country before sending in mo
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Nov 2, 2009 4:30am EST
candidate. president obama h h been counting on a clean election in afghanistan as he weighs sending 40,000 more u.s troops there.e. but hopes for a legitimate process are now all but lost after president hamid karz's main challenger dropped out of the race. here's david kerley. >> reporter: they will all feel the effect. the more than 100,000 allied troops, the afghan people, of this man's decision to quit next weekend's presidential runoff. >> i will not participate in the november 7th elections. >> reporter:r:bdullah abdullah's exit from the presidential race hands victory to the incumbent, president hamid karzai, a victory that is tainted by massive fraud in the first election back in august. still, abdullah urged his followers to remain calm. >> so that's the call for myself, not to go to the reets, no demonstrations. >> reporter: presisint karzai is set to rule the war-torn nation for another five years partnering with the u.s. amidst accusations he is ineffective and corrupt. >> i think it's time for us to stop beating up on president karzai and start building up president kar
ABC
Nov 10, 2009 3:05am EST
minister benjamin netanyahu met with president obama at the white house last night. earlier in the day netanyahu called for immediate peace talks. the palestinians want israel to free settlements, a position the obama administration supports. the white house visit was unusually low-key. afterward netanyahu cancelled a press briefing scheduled for today. >>> south korean military officials say one of its ships fired on a north korean navy vessel after it crossed over a border. the north korean ship returned fire in the yellow sea. it was heavily damaged before turning back. north korea may have initiated the conflict to draw attention as president obama sets out for asia later this week. >>> iran has officially accused those three american hikers of espionage. the charges against shane bower, sarah shepard and josh fattal came 100 days after crossing the border illegally. secretary of state hillary clinton says there's no evidence to support the charges and she is demanding their release. >>> the man accused of killing an abortion doctor tells the associated press this morning he ha
ABC
Nov 12, 2009 6:00pm EST
. >>> president obama will host a jobs summit. the white house will gather ceos and small business owners along with financial experts and labor union representative to talk about the best way to get people working again. the number of new unemployment filings and freclosures dropped in october, good news, whenever the federal deficit has reached an all-time high of $176 billion. >>> after meeting with the national security team, the president wants changes to allow more options for the net states in afghanistan. the president left today for an eight-day trip to asia. but house press secretary said the president will approved a plan on how to get troops out by the decision is still weeks away. >>> coming up, the police say that the fort hood shootings were premeditated and what president obama once done now with the investigation. >> the police arrest three suspects in a string of gold dust. >> the storm watch coverage continues and what to expect so what comes mind when we switch the tv from cable to fios? um. tv looks like new. uh, awesome? actually, i want to talk about how i get $150
ABC
Nov 24, 2009 4:30am EST
obama will announce his decision on whether to send more troops to afghanistan in a matter of days. >> that came after a final meeting of his war council in a rare, evening meeting in the situation room. here's our martha raddatz. >> reporter: since the end of august, the president has met week after week, to explore details of a plan that officials tell abc news will likely call for between 30,000 to 40,000 additional u.s. troops. and several thousand nato troops on top of that. >> this is the most thorough, the most sustained, the most thoughtful process i have ever seen. >> reporter: but funding the troops may now pose an even bigger problem. the powerful chairman of the house appropriations committee warns that sending more troops could doom the president's domestic initiatives. >> it wille no money for nothing, if we poor it all into afghanistan. >> reporter: it is estimated that each additional 1,000 troops would cost $1 billion per year. congressman obey told abc's jon karl, that if the president asks for more troop, he will demand a new tax. >> if they need the money, how a
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Nov 3, 2009 6:30pm EST
argue this is no way a referendum on president obama. these are local races. but republicans, perhaps smeming some victories tonight, point out that today is the first opportunity voters have had to register their feelings about president obama and the democratic congress. in new jersey, president obama is not only the ballot. bull he's on the phone. >> hi, this is president obama. i want to apologize for disturbing you. >> repter: the president's robo calls to voters in the garden state follow his campaign appearances for the state's unpopular democratic governor, jon corzine. locked in a neck and neck race with republican former federal prosecutor chris chris tooe. >> jon was one of the best colleagues i had in the senate. and one of the best partners i have in the white house. >> reporter: the white house insists the results of that race and the virginia governor's race will not say anything about support for the president. but the feelings of vote are relevant to the president's future successes and failures, and perhaps in next year's congressional mid-term elections. preliminary
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Nov 4, 2009 6:30pm EST
new meaning to the word "flushed with success." >>> good evening. one year ago, barack obama rode into office on a wave of discontent prom itsing change on the number one issue for voters, the economy. well, yesterday, in new jersey and virginia exit polls show voters were overwhelmingly interested about the economy. despite campaign appearances, democrats lost gub tore yal races in those two states and voter whose supported the president just a year ago, well, they still like him but abandoned him in droves. we begin with john berman in jersey city tonight, john. >> this is a state he won by 15 points. where no rublican won in more than ten years but it's one of the places that has republicans cheering. with with their candidates for governor in new jersey and virginia raising their arms in glee. republicans in washington today, raised their voices to gloat. >> i think there's a political rebellion going on in america. what we saw last night was just a glimpse of it. in our exit polls, well over 80% of voters in new jersey and virginia said they are worried about the economy. tho
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Nov 25, 2009 11:00pm EST
back, president obama, michelle obama, their daughters, and michelle obama's mother all stopped at martha's table to pass out holiday food. robert gibbs said the community service is in a bomb a family traditn. >>> -- is an obama family tradition. >>> tonight, an early dinner was held at a church in laurel. cynne simpson was there. >> serving up everything, from turkey to stuffing to mashed potatoes, the conservation of laurel church assembly of god prepared and served the meals, called simply delicious. >> it is great to be here. >> he and his mother have had a tough year. >> we're staying in a shelter right now. we were invited. >> food and fellowships left them focused on what they have, family. >> it is worth it to help the people who really needed, and the smiles on their face and the gratitude. >> the pastor says he is getting more calls than ever before from people struggling to get by. >> we have had more people say they need help. >> they dug deep to provide this mail and others throughout the holiday season. >> $25 gift card, and another prize was $10. about this voluntee
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Nov 5, 2009 12:05am EST
but today is the one-year anniversary of barack obama being elected president of the united states. of course it was an historic -- i never forget where i was when obama got elected. i was right here. i may have been over there. but i was in this area. it's been quite a year for our young president. whether you like him or not, he appears to be working very hard. so tonight, the president wishes you, president obama, happy anniversary. >> happy one-year anniversary president obama, congratulations. >> happy one year anniversary president obama. >> happy one year anniversary president obama, you the man. >> happy un-year anniversary president obama. >> happy one year anniversary president obama, you're my hero too. >> happy one year an verse i have president obama. >> yes, we can! >> jimmy: hey, this is -- this is kind of interesting. did you know that barack obama had seven half siblings around the world? like flavor flav's kids. one of them mark obama jusandu. a foreign name. he published the book about their father saying barack obama sr. was abusive to their children. he would make
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Nov 13, 2009 5:00am EST
actually comes. the obama, for obama. here, it starts with a name. margaret conley, abc news, obama city, japan. >> and the word obama translates to little beach. >> little beach, he sadly will not be visiting on this trip. >> yeah. >> maybe next time. >>> stay w >> just moments away on good morning, washington, traffic for trivers and will a water main break turn an already big friday rush into a longer one? >> and a nor'easter funds to coast with heavy rains and high winds. we are on storm watch this morning. >> and president obama arrives to another country and makes a tribute to the service penn. captioned by the national captioning institute -- www.ncicap.org -- >> good friday morning washington, i'm doug mckelway. >> and i'm alison starling, good morning, everybody. we have made it to friday morning. traffic and weather every 10 minutes. >> this could be a difficult one on the beltway. >> brian? >> we're looking at some rough gos along the area because of leftover wet pavement and gusty winds. today the rain is less intense. light in nature but off and on roughout day. it will
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Nov 12, 2009 5:00am EST
believe the shooter may have been in the car with the victim. >>> president obama is going back to the drawing board on a war strategy in afghanistan. he has decided not to accept any of notfour options. he is asking for specifics on how and when u.s. troops would turn over security. the u.s. ambassador is are voicing concerns about sending in more troops. >>> the president leaves for asia today. it will begin in tokyo and includes stops in china and south korea. the president will first stop in alaska to meet with troops there. >>> will have more details into the fort hood shooting today. we're learning more about the alleged shooter. doctors overseeing his medical concern raised concerns about his views. it ordered him to attend lectures. they are looking into whether he wired money into pakistan. he made more than $90,000 a year yet lives in a $350 a month rundown apartment. >>> it was a big night for taylor swift. she won the top crown. she beat out big names to when the entertainer of the year. she is the youngest to hold that title. she is the first solo female in a decade to win
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Nov 18, 2009 5:00am EST
. they have been involved in a bitter custody dispute. >>> president obama is on his way to korea. he will meet with the president of south korea and later today. they're expected to hold long talks about north korea's clear program. he wrapped up his trip to beijing earlier today with some sightseeing at the great wall of china. >>> support for the afghanistan war is flipping. a new poll found 52% of americans feel the war is not worth the cost. 44% see it as worth fighting. 55% are confident the president will choose a strate that will work. >>> vincent gray is the target of an ethics probe. he used council stationery to solicit a $20,000 contribution from comcast. he was trying to raise money to help pay for democratic party activities. d.c. law imposes a $5,000 limit on such contributions. he said he did not view the letter as a political solicitation. >>> the institute for highway safety picked 19 cars as its top safety picks. ford leads the pack. foreign car builders subaru and volkswagen had five awards each. the entire list is something you can find at our wjla.com website. .
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Nov 18, 2009 6:00am EST
murder that elliott wound up killing. >>> president obama will meet with the president of south korea later today. it will talk about north korea's nuclear program. he wrapped up a trip to beijing with some sightseeing at the great wall of china. >>> support for the afghanistan war is slipping. a new poll found 52% of americans feel the war is not worth the cost. 44% see it as a worth fighting. 55% saw are confident the president will choose a strategy that will ultimately work. >>> breaking news. the european union said pirates have now attacked the u.s. flag maersk alabama up for the second time in five months. pirate attack it off the coast of somalia earlier this year, taking the captain hostage. he was rescued by navy seals. we will have more details as they become available. >>> the pentagon is preparing to launch its own investigation into the fort hood shooting rampage. it will look at how all military service members are showing signs of trouble. nidal hasan is acced of killing and injuring many people. >>> vincent gray is the target of an ethics probe. he used council statio
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Nov 15, 2009 11:00pm EST
mayor rudy giuliani blasted the obama administration's plan. >> i am troubled by the senate -- the symbolism of it. the obama administration is getting away from the fact that we are at war with these terrorists. >> we believe this is the appropriate thing to do. >> the guantanamo bay prison that has been a source of controversy since its inception. eric holder announced that 9/11 mastermind and several others will be tried in a civilian court rather than in a military tribunal. >> the department of justice and the department of defense have made this decision after extensive, exhaustive review. >> president obama pledged to close the guantanamo facility, but it is still unclear where the prisoners will be faced. a maximum-security prison in ellen 08 could be sold to the federal government and could solve that -- in illinois could be sold to the federal government and could solve the problem. >>> the president will hold talks with local politicians and conduct a town hall meeting with chinese university students. he will then had to beijing for an event hosted by the chinese presid
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Nov 29, 2009 11:00pm EST
dead. another woman was hurt with non- life threatening injuries. coming up, president obama will announce his strategy for the war in afghanistan. he is expected to announce that at least 35 -- 30,000 more troops are headed to afghanistan. but he could find roadblocks in the senate. president obama is also facing intense opposition to health care reform. the debate over the health care bill is set to begin tomorrow. others say they will not support a bill that includes a so-called public aucoption. two senators are saying that charges should be filed against the couple across the state dinner at the courthouse. they said that kind of behavior has to be discouraged. the couple is reportedly shopping their story around, looking for hundreds of thousands of dollars for an interview. shoppers were out in force this weekend, searching for bargains. tomorrow is cyber monday, traditionally the beginning of the online shopping season. we look at -- we have more on this holiday shopping season. >> retailers are doing their best to lure as in with great deals. the numbers are informed is h
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Nov 29, 2009 6:30pm EST
such behavior should be discouraged. authorities say michaele and tareq salahi met president obama even though they were not on the guest list. it was a harbor the loss for the redskins, coming up short against the philadelphia eagles. this one was tough to watch. >> two weeks in a row, they take the lead only to get their hearts broken. today, that happened in philadelphia. the skins were up and looked good, but the eagles get the ball for 90 yards. philadelphia added two points when they get the ball back and score was tied. a perfect 32 yard field goal and a perfect shot -- jason campbell is hit. eagles went, 27-24. another heartbreaker. >> i think we prepare well and our players do what we have askedhem all to do. to come out on the short and, -- and the short end, it's a difficult motion. >> but they're playing anyway. we'll show you some highlights and here with the players said later on in sports. >> thank you. coming up, four police officers killed in a deadly ambush. a manhunt is underway for the gunman. president obama and gets ready to unveil his strategy for the war and
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Nov 23, 2009 4:30am EST
care legislation and took one giant step forward toward president obama's goal of health care reform. the vote now moves the debate from committee to the senate floor. >> the important thing is that we debate it, that there be a free flow of amendments, that some will pass, some will fall. >> reporter: there were two democrats and an independent who voted to start the debate but won't support a final bill unless it addresses their concerns. >> my vote today should in no way be construed as an indication of how i might vote. >> let me be perfectly clear, i am opposed to a new government administered health care plan as a part of comprehensive health care reform. >> it won't force one insurance company to give it to someone with a pre-existing condition or lower the cost. >> reporter: the dispute among democrats will likely lead to a heated floor debate next month on legislation that would extend health care to 31 million americans. republicans have made it clear they will not support the current bill. >> i think this bill is a disaster for our country. president obama said it would no
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Nov 9, 2009 6:00pm EST
barrier. president obama and the first lady will attend the service for those killed. the names of the 13 victims will be read along with a 21 gun salute. we will continue to bring you the latest on the conditions of the alleged shooter and the victims in the hospital. for more on the forehead shooting, go to wjla.com. >> the execution of the mastermind of a 2002 sniper attack is set for tomorrow. the supreme court refused to block the scheduled execution of john allen muhammad. the court did not comment on why they ruse to consider his appeal. was sentenced to death. members of the investigation tax force will be present for the -- task force will be present for the execution along with many victims' familmembers. >> the victims will get some solace and i am hopeful that the market's action will serve as a deterrent for someoneelse may be like-minded. >> john allen muhammad and his teenage accomplice, lee boyd malvo -- lee boyd malvo is serving a life sentence. >> three americans in iraq are going to be charged with espionage. that's simply crossed over and it -- into iran. they were
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Nov 3, 2009 12:00pm EST
obama and the white house many republicans are fired up, saying 2009 is their year. >> they can win and battleground virginia, new jersey, new york, they will be enabled different place. >> republicans are counting on a voter backlash. republican bob macdonald is favored to win by a comfortable margin in virginia. in new jersey, governor corzine is down to the wire with his conservative opponent despite strong support from the president. some say the outcome is a vote on obama's political agenda. >> on wednesday there will be people on either side -- particularly if the democrats lose all three of those races. >> the third race, in new york's 23rd district has taken some bizarre turns. it starts out with a conservative running against the republican candidate. then the republicans scozzafava pulls out and endorsers war -- her democratic rival. democrats say the move to expose as a split in the democratic party while many conservatives are claiming victory. >> the big story is just that conservatives won. they ousted the republican- backed candidate and now you have energy, and uncontrol
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Nov 20, 2009 6:30pm EST
obama's overseas tour and sarah palin's new book. >>> there was encouraging news today on the spread of the h1n1 swine through. the cdc said the number of cases seems to be easing, with only two states, hawaii and maine reporting an increase in the last week. that matches what our medical unit is hearing from around the country, and david muir is here with more tonight. david? >> reporter: good evening, george. the cdc confirmed what we've been told by health departments across this country, that the number of h1n1 cases is on the decline. the question now, has this strain of the flu peaked? while the cdc wouldn't go that far, several flu experts we talked to today said they are confident we have turned the corner. for three weeks in a row now, the cdc has seen the number of h1n1 cases go down. >> all ten regions of the u.s. are seeing a decrease. >> reporter: this was austin, texas, just two months ago. tents lined up outside as hundreds were coming down with the h1n1 flu. today, those tents are down >> we were seeing about 280 patients or more a day with flu. and that's dropped off no
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Nov 18, 2009 6:00pm EST
. >>> president obama admitted for the first time that his january deadline to close guantanamo bay will not be met while the attorney general was grilled on capitol hill. >> scott thuman has the tough questions that mr. holder had to answer. >> this was no easy appearance before eric holder, he had to defend his decision to bring suspects of the 9/11 attack to a trial in new york city as opposed to a military court in cuba. there is no shortage of critics. >> i think he is making a fundamental mistake. >> instantly on the hot seat, eric holder was asked why bring five terrorists suspects including the alleged 9/11 mastermind to new york for trial. >> he has already asked to plead guilty and be executed. >> i am not going to base a determination on what a terrorist, what a murderer wants to do. >> holder tried to assure lawmakers there would be no acquittal. >> failure is not an option. these are cases that have to be won. >> i do not know how you could make a statement that failure to convict is not an option when you have juries in this country. i think a lot of americans thought o.j.
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Nov 15, 2009 9:00am EST
as become a failed state, not capable of doing anything to you look at obama wobbling and not getting anything done. people who do not just watch cable tv and enjoy the yelling, they wonder what they are doing here. this is a test of whether the fsystem functions at all. it is stupid that they have these soldiers over abortion. -- sideshow's over abortion. the issue is not stupid, but it is a sly joke from the main event. -- sideshow from the main event. >> i think we in the electronic media help, because there is so much instant communication, and the amount of disinformation people are all like to get away with on television -- this week, apparently, those of us who are supposed to watch each other for a living missed the fact that hannity on fox had mixed to rallies, one from the day -- >> jon stewart made fun of him. >> but we are at a point of disinformation -- i don't know what happened with this voting present. >> it was an interesting thing. several republican house members -- republicans are almost unanimously pro-life party in the house -- when the stupak amendment w
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Nov 2, 2009 7:00am EST
all a referendum on president obama? >>> massive meat recall. more than 500,000 pounds of beef pulled from store shelves after one dies and more fall ill. what you need to look out for. >>> deadly stunt. a jury awards this woman's family over $16 million after she dies in a radio contest for a video game. her husband joins us live in a "gma" exclusive. >>> and how do they walk away from this. another unbelievable crash. but technology once again saves the day and the driver. good morning, everyone. hope everyone had a fantastic weekend. i'm robin roberts with chris cuomo. diane is on assignment on this monday, november 2nd. believe it or not we are less than 24 hours away from another election day and there are a few big races we're keeping an eye on. >> no question. halloween may have been saturday but the democrats are worried about the fright that may come tomorrow. repuicans are hoping this could be a referendum on the president. the democrats are hoping that the enusiasm from that campaign a year ago carries over. >> saw president obama in new jersey over the weekend. >> t
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